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HOF Marathon Training: 3 of 16

I am forever grateful for the ability to breathe and hold myself upright.
That flu was NASTY.
Now that I'm healthy, it's back to training.

Monday: 10 min Abs and 20 min HIIT

I was trying my best to feel better, and didn't want to get out and run in case my cough came back full-blown, so I just hung out in my room and did a couple workouts with my favorite YouTube account, Fitness Blender.

Tuesday: Progression Run

I was actually supposed to do a Track Workout, but being my first day back into running and still battling a cough, I didn't want to push it too much. So instead, I calculated the approximate mileage that my track run would have ended me with, and did Progression Miles instead.
Progressions are great ways to train your body to go the distance and finish strong! I used to NEVER negative split, and now, I feel sorta defeated when I don't negative split, or at least maintain paces within 10-15seconds of each other.

This felt strong though. I was able to get my…
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HOF Marathon Training: 2 of 16

Rest Week Already?! 

So I have been very fortunate in that I have never had the flu. The worst sickness I can recall is maybe the 24 hour stomach bug. I made it all of last winter without a serious cold - just the sniffles from time to time.
But holy crap! The Flu is NO JOKE. When they say muscle aches, I didn't realize I could be in pain just laying on the couch. I didn't think I actually had the flu until about Friday when I could hardly stand to keep my eyes open or stand up straight, let alone breathe.
So the only run I got in this week was my track run on Tuesday. I went to the treadmill because it has been never ending snow here in Pittsburgh. 

And I honestly have no clue what I am doing on the treadmill when it comes to distance. My watch says one thing, the dreadmill says another. Then when I had to run 800s, I was going off the treadmill, but then got confused and forgot where in distance I started... 
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HOF Marathon Training: 1 of 16

IT'S TIME! Hall of Fame Marathon Training is here!

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